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Far Out Magazine writes, “Robert Johnson is possibly the most influential musician of all time,” and has compiled a list of six definitive songs: “Me And The Devil Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Hellhound On My Trail,” “Preachin’ Blues (Up Jumped The Devil),” “Ramblin’ On My Mind,” and “Cross Road Blues.”
Read more at Faroutmagazine.co.uk.
Listen to all these songs and more on Robert Johnson’s The Centennial Collection.
Robert Johnson was born on this day in 1911. Watch this animated video for “Cross Road Blues.”
One thing is for certain — no Robert Johnson, no rock & roll.
MusicRadar asked blues artist Michael Messer to list the most essential acoustic blues albums. At the top of that list is Robert Johnson’s The Centennial Collection. Messer writes:
“This is the best remaster of the whole catalogue. When it comes to acoustic blues that’s related to rock ‘n’ roll – because there are so many strains – Johnson has to be the greatest. Seventy or 80 percent of his songs are classics that have been recorded hundreds of times. His guitar style is, simply, definitive. … It’s not a competition, but I believe he was the greatest acoustic blues player.”
Read more at MusicRadar.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Bob Dylan spoke about Robert Johnson:
“…What we used to call people of high character. Genuine, plenty talented and who knew themselves, weren’t swayed by anything from the outside. … So was Robert Johnson, even more so. Robert was one of the most inventive geniuses of all time. But he probably had no audience to speak of. He was so far ahead of his time that we still haven’t caught up with him. His status today couldn’t be any higher. Yet in his day, his songs must have confused people. It just goes to show you that great people follow their own path.”
Remembering The King of The Delta Blues, Robert Johnson – born on this day in 1911.